Laura Mvula's debut record Sing to the Moon is glorious. No two ways about it. A modern take on retro sounds, the onetime composition student has created a futuristic RnB symphony. Layering her voice into a choir on top of minimal accompaniment, the songs are deceptively simple. The depth comes in the way she uses a handful of instruments, mostly percussion, and her velvet voice to build songs up. And there's a lot of depth here.…Continue
UK Powerpop/Rock band Komla have already established themselves as a badass live act. The 3 piece plays the kind of stripped down hook-laden guitar rock that never goes out of style. But they do it with a surprising amount of depth and soul. They've just dropped their debut EP, produced by Muse producer Paul Reeve, and it kills.…
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We've been (im)patiently waiting for EMP!RE's debut EP since getting a taste of 'All The Rage' back in October. The 'Birth' EP dropped this weekend, and lives up to the anticipation. Fans of The Divine Secret will find a lot to like in Joe Green's…Continue
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Skye Edwards is one of the queens of trip-hop. The Morcheeba frontwoman's new solo album 'Back To Now' is out now. Did you check it out? It was produced in part by Stephen Fitzmaurice (Metronomy, Professor Green). It's available on iTunes. Let us know what you think. + Check out the new remix of 'Nowhere' by Dave Davis below.
Also, in case you missed the info here a few weeks ago, Morcheeba is currently working on an album for 2013!…
Always good to hear from UK trip-hop power trio Morcheeba and lead singer Skye Edwards. So you're in for a double treat: 1) The band has announced that they're cooking up a new record for 2013. They say: "we’re collaborating with some great international artists and it’s set to be one of our most innovative records to date." Sounds like a plan.
2) In the meanwhile, Skye Edwards is set to release her solo album 'Back To Now' on Monday October 29th! Woo! Check the first single…
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If you missed The Divine Secret (and why did you? They kick ass...), lead singer Joe Green just unleashed his new project: Empire! (yes, the exclamation point is part of the name. Why not?) The quintet's been hard at work on their debut EP, and just leaked the first track; the appropriately named “All the Rage.”
Alternative soul singer Lianne La Havas is already blowing up in the UK, where her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? hit #4 a month ago. Afropunk has featured a few of her videos over the past few months, and now the record is finally available in the US.…Continue
There's something magical about stripped down blues rock. It seems like every decade a handful of disciples from the church of Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters comes up to remind the world of the power of minimalism. British power trio and AP members Melody Nelson strip it back to basics but throw in a dash of Zeppelin and a pinch of Sabbath for freshness on…Continue